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Construction sites can stay open under new lockdown…

Construction work is still allowed under both Scotland’s and England’s latest lockdown restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled new rules for England that included an instruction to “stay at home”. However, unlike during the restrictions last April, people are allowed to leave home to work in occupations including construction.

The new government guidance states that tradespeople are allowed to continue to work and should only go into a house to carry out or deliver essential work or services. This means that in both England and Scotland construction work is still allowed to operate as normal.

Both Prime Minister Johnson and First Minister Sturgeon have said that extremely clinically vulnerable people should not go to work but as most working sites like construction are Covid-19 secure and may continue to work.

The change in operations for construction comes after the Business Secretary, Alok Sharma , wrote an open letter to the industry about remaining open under the tightest lockdown restrictions.

With many other businesses having to close or reduce working hours, having construction and other working sites open will act as major contribution to the economy in tough times.

Director of Construction Asset Finance, Gary Burns, added:

“Allowing the Construction Sector to remain open and continue to work in a Covid Secure environment enables the ongoing projects to be completed and new ones started, allowing the continued growth in the UK construction and Infrastructure sector.”

“This will also give companies confidence to invest in new equipment to carry out these contracts and allow them to benefit from the CBILS schemes for funding”

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